Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/3/12
Mariners start offseason off right The Seattle Mariners announced late Friday night that they have extended starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma on a two-year deal worth at least $14 million. It’s being reported that he’ll get $6.5 million in both 2013 and 2014, with a $1 million buyout attached to a $7 million option for 2015. 2012 was Iwakuma’s first year in the Major League’s, after signing over from Japan on a one-year $1.5 million deal last offseason. The right-hander proved highly valuable last season, pitching 14 games of relief as well as starting 16 games. It was exactly the kind of flexible arm Seattle needed. Hisashi Iwakuma returns to the Mariners for at least another two years. As a reliever, Iwakuma pitched 30.1 innings with a 4.75 ERA and 1.418 WHIP. He finished six games for the M’s, while collecting two saves. The 31-year old was much more valuable as a starter. In 16 starts he went 8-4, posting a 2.65 ERA, 2.79 K/BB and 1.232 WHIP in 95 innings. Iwakuma’s biggest issue...
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